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VIDEO: Are Ironman Style “Jet Suits” the Safer Future for Harbor Pilots?

PortandTerminal.com, August 15, 2020

HALIFAX – Being a harbor pilot is a dangerous and all too often deadly job.

Earlier this month an experienced harbor pilot with the Sandy Hook Pilots Association, Capt. Timothy M. Murray, fell from a pilot ladder while boarding a tanker inbound for the Port of New York and New Jersey.  Capt. Murray died from his injuries.

It was the second fatality in a year for the Sandy Hook pilots.

Harbor Pilot boarding a vessel
FILE PHOTO: Harbor Pilot boarding a vessel

What if one-day harbor pilots could simply fly out to meet their vessels, land safely on deck and thereby avoid the dangerous boarding of the vessel by rope ladders and gangways?

While the idea may seem far-fetched today, it is probably no more farfetched than the thought of landing a helicopter on a moving vessel was a long time go.

Gravity Industries Jet Suit

Two men wearing Jet Suits. Suspended in the air. Crowds behind fence.
PHOTO: Gravity Industries

The Gravity Industries’ Jet Suit uses over 1000 bhp of Jet Engine power combined with natural human balance to enable human flight in a manner that is often likened to the real-life Ironman. The suit is currently priced at $447,000 per kit.

Jet Suit
Gravity Industries’ Jet Suit reportedly sells for $447,000 a kit

Gravity Industries was founded by Richard Browning a former Oil Trader & Royal Marines Reservist in 2017 to “launch human flight into an entirely new era”.

Does Browning’s Jet Suit give us a glimpse to a safer future for our harbor pilots?

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